Aquaman_22

Excellent kayak trip!

Reviewed August 16, 2014
Our family of 3 had very little previous kayak experience and had a great time on our 3-hour tour. There were four others in the group with our guide Maya. We saw seals, bald eagles and many star fish on our trip. We got the impression that it's not very often you see killer whales on the 3-hour tours, so if you really want to see killer whales on your trip, I would recommend booking a charter with Legacy Charters - the best killer whale excursion (you will see whales!). But if you are just looking for an awesome kayak experience Crystal Seas was great!!!
Today is my first day back to work after getting home from Seattle and I can't believe that two days ago I was kayaking in the San Juan Islands. We had a wonderful time kayaking - all of us. Your staff were awesome and the tour was great. We had beautiful weather as well. You made our trip a wonderful experience. Thank you!!!
Linda Gowans

San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Vacation

San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Vacation

Kayak Inn to Inn Summary

Does your ideal vacation include sea kayaking along rocky coastlines… paddling between small remote islands in search of sea birds, seals, porpoise, river otters, having the amazing opportunity to kayak with killer whales (orca whales) passing by in the distance and at the end of the day retreating to the most luxurious inns and dining at the best restaurants in the San Juan Islands? Let Crystal Seas take care of all the logistical details and provide you with all the activities and fun you will want on your next vacation!

Length: These tours range from 2-6 days in length.

All Inclusive: We provide all accommodations, meals, beverages*, transportation and kayak gear. You will need to bring personal clothing and toiletries, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure. *We do not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages.

Accommodations: Our Inn to Inn Kayak Tours include staying at the Outlook Inn on Orcas and Tucker House and the Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island. Each inn will cater to the most discerning guest. Enjoy wonderful breakfasts made with fresh local fruit, sleep in comfortable beds and soak in jetted tubs at the end of the day. If your expectations are high then this tour will exceed them!

No experience is necessary.

Recommended to bring:

  • T-Shirt + sweatshirt + windbreaker
  • Personal clothing & toiletries
  • Water resistant camera
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Pants or shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Lip balm
  • Hat

Helpful Travel Info

Coming just for the day? It’s easy! Just leave your car parked in Anacortes and walk on the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor where we will pick you up in our shuttle and take you to our private kayak docks.

Already going to be here? We are happy to pick you up at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor or you can meet us at our private kayak docks.

  • Bald Eagles
  • Shorelines
  • Sea Stars
  • Seals
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Lighthouses
  • Orca Whales
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Madronas
  • Blue Herons
  • Bull Kelp
  • Lavender Farm
  • Moran State Park
Lori M

Highlight of our trip!

Reviewed August 11, 2014
Just returned from a 3 day trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The highlight of our trip was a 3 hour kayaking tour with Crystal Seas Kayaking. You do not need a car for this adventure as Crystal Seas has a store front right on Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor. From the store front, they load up all the participants in a cargo van and provide transportation to Snug Harbor on Mitchell Bay where the kayaks are launched. Super convenient for those who walked or biked on the ferry. Our guide, William, was awesome! We felt very safe with him and had a ball. He's very comfortable to be around. He was especially kind and patient with my 8 yr old daughter. We learned all about our surroundings as we were paddling for 3 hours. And YES, we even saw some whales! I would definitely request William as a guide when we return next summer." Our entire experience was "5 star" with this outfitter!
Double64Double

Great Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Reviewed August 10, 2014
Our daughters enjoyed their first Sea Kayaking adventure. The staff were professional and friendly. The kids felt safe and the guide did a good job monitoring the small group. Although the group assembles in Friday Harbor, they left from nearby snug harbor which was a comfortable place to wait and watch them start and end their trip. They got to see lots of wildlife and said they had a wonderful time.
Flo S

Bit of dad and daughter time

Reviewed August 5, 2014
Teen daughter and Hubs have raved about their sunset tour. Perfect time of day and length of trip for them. Lovely guide, they said. Thanks Crystal Seas - we hope to be back.
sherekhan_11

A perfect evening

Reviewed July 31, 2014
Hannah was our guide for a sunset cruise. There were 4 guests (in 2, 2 person kayaks) and Hannah. The weather was perfect with glassy water and a gorgeous sunset. We saw a lot of seal and eagles as we paddled by beautiful cliffs on the way out from Snug Harbor. I highly recommend this tour.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long of a drive is San Juan Island from Seattle?

We are about a 2 hour drive from Seattle to Anacortes and then a beautiful 1 hour 20 minute ferry ride to Friday Harbor. Arrive to the Anacortes ferry terminal about 30-45 minutes before scheduled departure time if you are walking on the ferry and 1.5 to 2 hours before scheduled departure time if you are bringing your car to San Juan Island. We have a shuttle from the ferry in Friday Harbor to Snug Harbor on Mitchell Bay where our tours depart from, for those who wish to leave their cars at the Anacortes ferry terminal. For ferry fees and schedules visit the Washington State Ferries website. You can also fly to the San Juan Islands from Seattle, click on Kenmore Air & San Juan Airlines

Do you take beginners?

Yes. All of our tours are designed with the beginner in mind. On all of our tours we give a safety & kayak lesson. All of our tours are guided so you will have an instructor near you the whole time.

What happens if there is a single person or an odd numbered group?

We use tandem (double) kayaks for all of our San Juan Island tours. If there is an odd number then one person will be in a kayak with a guide or someone from another odd number party.

Can you accommodate my food requirements on your multi-day tours?

Yes. We will send you a questionnaire when you make your reservation and our guides will plan accordingly.

Will I see whales on my tour?

Our tours are located in the area that whales are most commonly seen but we can't guarantee them. The resident J, K and L pods of orcas have recently been put on the endangered species list so our goal is to respect them, abide by the guidelines and not to paddle aggressively into their path. We will give you a lesson at the beginning of the tour for appropriate kayaking behavior near wildlife.

What kinds of wildlife could we see?

Some of the local flora and fauna are Bald Eagles, Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Pigeon Guillemots, Pacific Harbor Seals, Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's Porpoise, Great Blue Herons, Ochre Sea Stars, Blood Stars, Pacific Madrones, Douglas-firs, Western Cedars, Bull Kelp forests and Eel Grass beds.

602JoanG

Kayaking Heaven

Reviewed July 31, 2014
This was the high point of our visit to San Juan Island. The Kayaks were high quality, comfortable and easy to maneuver. Prior to embarkation from the charming Snug Harbor, our guide trained our small group in proper Kayak technique and throughout the tour, occasionally entertained us with insider information about the local sea life and ongoing local scientific studies. We saw an Eagle chasing a seagull and took a break in a kelp bed near Jacque Cousteau's son's dive boat. The sea is crystal clear and must be a perfect place to dive. Experiencing the breath taking coastal scenery left a lasting impression to savor and enjoy. This was money well spent.
Hermione737

Great for families of varied ages and abilities

Reviewed July 30, 2014
We were a group of 6--3 kids (9-12) and 3 adults--of varied ages, experience, and abilities. Our guide was great at helping us all have a good time and helping each of us at our level. We also learned a lot about sea life living in the inter-tidal area. She helped us raft up when, much to our glee, orcas came into view! A great trip!

San Juan Islands Kayak Inn to Inn Schedule:

2-Day/1-Night - $780 per person

Day 1 & 2 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: We will meet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks located on the west side of San Juan Island. After a lesson in kayak safety we will paddle along the rocky shores of Henry Island in search of wildlife. Be on the lookout for orca whales, porpoise, seals and bald eagles. This evening we will dine at the Coho Restaurant where you can enjoy locally grown cuisine prepared perfectly by the restaurants owners. Afterwards you can enjoy soaking in your jetted tub at one of the top rated inns here on San Juan Island.

Day 2: Breakfast will be well worth getting up for; made fresh and homemade by your innkeepers. This will give you the energy you need for your day on the water. We begin our day paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles and other sea birds. After a day on the water your guide will bring you back into Friday Harbor in time for your next adventure.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Saturday-Sunday from April through October

877-732-7877

3-Day/2-Night - $1280 per person

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Your guides will greet you at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor and shuttle the group to our kayak docks on Mitchell Bay. Here we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then begin paddling along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight we will check into one of the top rated inns on San Juan Island and then enjoy Pacific Northwest cuisine and a view overlooking Friday Harbor at the Coho Restaurant.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast prepared by your inn keepers, we will head out to circumnavigate Henry Island. We will paddle past a bird sanctuary and into orca whale territory. This evening we will dine at the Backdoor Kitchen; well known in our community for the incredible local ingredients used in their food and dining experience.

Day 3: Today we enjoy our final breakfast together and then head to the west-side to paddle the eastern side of San Juan Island. We follow the coastline looking for seals and other marine mammals; we will take a break for lunch on one of the remote beaches that we pass along the way. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes by mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Friday-Sunday and Saturday-Monday from April-October

877-732-7877

4-Day/3-Night - $1780 per person

Day 2 & 3 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Our guides will meet you at ferry terminal on Orcas Island and then shuttle you to the southern edge of Orcas where we will give you a kayak safety lesson and then head out into the Wasp Islands with our kayaks weaving in and out of pebble stone coves; padding from island to island in search of bald eagles, harbor seals and harbor porpoises. This evening you can enjoy soaking in your jetted tub after dinner at one of the islands top rated fine dining restaurants.

Day 2: This morning your inn keeper will prepare a delicious breakfast for you and then we will shuttle you to the west side of San Juan Island. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak in the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. This afternoon we head into Friday Harbor to one of Friday Harbors’ most luxurious inns with jetted tubs and unforgettable breakfasts!

Day 3: After breakfast we will head to the west-side of San Juan Island and begin circumnavigating Henry Island. This route will lead us past a bird sanctuary and into prime orca habitat. We will stop for a picnic lunch on Posey Island and then weave along the wooded shores lining Mosquito Pass until we reach our docks. Tonight we will take you to experience Northwest cuisine at its finest at one of our top restaurant picks; the Coho, Vinny’s Restaurant or the Backdoor Kitchen.

Day 4: After a delicious breakfast we will get ready for a day of exploring the western side of San Juan Island. Here we will leave from North Bay and paddle into Griffen Bay where the protected waters are great area for spotting bald eagles and harbor seals. After lunch we will end the tour by taking you to the ferry landing.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Thursday and Tuesday-Friday from April-October

877-732-7877

5-Day/4-Night - $2180 per person

Day 3 & 5 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: We will meet you at the ferry terminal on Orcas Island and then head out along the shoreline to the Wasp Islands in search of seals, eagles and harbor porpoises. Tonight you can enjoy a delicious dinner made with savory island grown food and local wine at one of the islands top restaurants. Retreat to your suite and soak in your jetted tub at the Outlook Inn at the end of the evening.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast we will paddle along the southwestern shoreline of Orcas where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. This evening you can enjoy dinner in Eastsound and then check out local night life.

Day 3: We will serve you breakfast and then take the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for a day of kayaking along the evergreen cloaked coastline of the west-side. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges and listen to tales of island folklore. Taste a piece of Bull Kelp, which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools, look for sea glass among the pebbles or simply soak up the scenery. After lunch we will head back out on the water in search of orcas and eagles. Tonight you can relax in your jetted tub at one of our favorite inns such as the Friday Harbor House, Tucker House or Lakedale Lodge.

Day 4: This morning we will take you to the west side of San Juan Island where we will circumnavigate Henry Island. Our route will lead us past coves with pebble beaches to a bird sanctuary. At some point you might hear the soft blow of an orca taking a breath if you are lucky enough to have them pass by while you are kayaking. Tonight we will take you to one of the best restaurants in town for local cuisine.

Day 5: This morning we will head to the western side of San Juan Island. Here we will leave from North Bay and paddle into Griffen Bay where the protected waters are great area for spotting bald eagles and harbor seals. Afterwards, we will shuttle back to the ferry to say our good byes by mid-afternoon.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Monday-Friday from April-October

877-732-7877

6-Day/5-Night - $2580 per person

Day 5 & 6 in Prime Orca Whale Territory

Day 1: Our friendly guides will greet you on scenic Lopez Island. Our kayak expedition will begin paddling the shores of Lopez Island. Tonight we stay at the Lopez Farm Cottages or Mac Kay Harbor Inn. Enjoy a sunset view as you during tonight’s dinner at the Bay Café.

Day 2: Today we will paddle the northern tip of Lopez Island along Swifts Bay stopping for lunch at Spencer Spit State Park. As we kayak around the smaller islands to the east of Lopez, look out for migratory birds, seals and bald eagles. Tonight we will retreat back to the Lopez Farm Cottages where we can usually see deer grazing in the surrounding fields.

Day 3: Wake up early to watch the sunrise and then grab a cup of fresh coffee with breakfast which includes fresh fruits from the island's orchards. Afterwards, we take the ferry to Orcas Island where we will paddle in the Wasp Islands in search of harbor porpoises and bald eagles. Tonight we will dine on fresh local cuisine in Eastsound and stay at the Outlook Inn where you can soak in your jetted tub.

Day 4: After a delicious breakfast we will paddle along the shorelines of the southern Orcas Island where you might see bald eagles perched in old Douglas fir trees or a great blue heron wading in a shallow bay searching for its lunch. This evening you can enjoy more amazing food at one of the top restaurants on Orcas Island.

Day 5: This morning we will catch the ferry to Friday Harbor. This is home to many of our staff so don't be surprised if your guides say hello to fellow islanders in passing. Because many of us are residents to this island paradise, we love to surprise you with special hospitality when visiting San Juan Island. Today we will shuttle to the beautiful west side of San Juan Island. Here we will paddle along the evergreen cloaked coastline. Keep your eyes on the lookout for orca whales, seals and bald eagles. Enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding snowcapped mountain ranges. Or taste a piece of bull kelp which serves as a home to a myriad of marine species just below the waters surface. As we journey down the coast, we’ll stop for lunch along a beach where you can search for creatures in the tide pools. Tonight you can enjoy an impressive dinner at one of Friday Harbor’s top rated restaurants and then retreat to your room with a jetted tub at the Friday Harbor House or Tucker House.

Day 6: This morning we will shuttle to the beautiful west side of San Juan Island to circumnavigate around Henry Island. Paddle past a bird sanctuary into orca territory. Lunch will be served on Posey Island; a tiny island just off of Henry Island. We will paddle back through Mosquito Pass and then end the tour back at the ferry landing in Friday Harbor.

Custom dates are available...just ask us.

Every Sunday-Friday from April-October

877-732-7877

Prices, times and tour location subject to change. Prices per person based on double occupancy in US$.

Please contact us for custom dates and trip lengths.

Daniel D

Had to cancel but received excellent service”

Reviewed July 28, 2014
I unfortunately had to cancel my trip with Crystal Seas because of a family situation. The folks at Crystal Seas were very understanding and provided a prompt refund. Excellent business practices, and I hope to actually do the trip next year--very much looking forward to it.
vaozha48

Fun Kayaking!

Reviewed July 26, 2014
First time kayaking, made an excellent experience by Hannah, our guide/instructor. She was very knowledgeable of the area, wildlife, sea vegetation. Everyone we encountered dealing with Crystal Seas Kayaking were friendly, helpful, reassuring. Loved this experience, would recommend it to anyone looking to see the area from a kayak.
ToddDigital

Second Trip with Crystal Seas

Reviewed July 22, 2014
This was my second Crystal Seas tour and both were absolutely fantastic. The first was a 5 day Kayaking/Biking trip with Jordan and Albert and it was just what I needed. Off the grid Island glamping at it's best. The second trip was a quick three hour Kayaking trip off of San Juan Island with Micheal. Did we see whales? OMG, on both trips I would have believed that Crystal Seas released them in front of our Kayaks at just the right time. While they can never guarantee you will have that experience I am 2/2 so far. Thanks for the great experiences.

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